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  • 24th December
    2012
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  • 15th August
    2012
  • 15

The Dominican and Brazilian Blowouts: Pro.’s and Con.’s

The Dominican and Brazilian Blowouts: Pro.’s and Con.’s

Blowouts are styling techniques used to straighten and smooth out the hair, reduce frizz, or loosen hair (for better manageability). It is ideal to know the pro’s and con’s of blowouts before considering. Here’s a breakdown and important facts to know about two types; the Dominican and Brazilian(Keratin).

The Dominican blowout:

Many women that have tried this system have had positive and negative reviews about it.Some users love the end result of having shiny, straight, and flowy hair, while others complain about the extensive heat damage and hair shedding following the process.

 

 

Dominican blowout process:

The process begins with a normal wash and conditioning.  Following your W&C, your hair is either set with rollers and dried under a hair dryer, or you would go directly into  the hair drying process without setting. After your hair is dry and rollers are removed, your hair is “blown out” by applying direct heat with a hand held blow dryer and using a ceramic round bristle brush. The process is done by smoothing the top of the hair and going down from the roots to ends, then placing it under the hair pulling from the roots and going down to the ends while rolling under. After the “blow out” process is complete, oils are usually applied.

 

The Brazilian blowout(Keratin treatment):

The Brazilian blowout is different from the Dominican blowout, as chemicals such as formaldehyde or related are sometimes used. This process is otherwise known as the curl relaxer.  Just as relaxers are, Brazilian blowouts (even chemical free treatments) are not recommended for pregnant or nursing women. A Brazilian blowout can range anywhere from $150-$350. Yes, the Brazilian blowout is known to give your natural hair a looser, smooth, straight, and more polished look, but know that it can be damaging to your hair, scalp, or even your health.

 

The Brazilian blowout process:

The process of the Brazilian blowout begins with clarifying the hair, opening the pores to allow the product to penetrate and take properly. After clarifying, the keratin mixture is applied( the type of treatment that your stylist uses can vary). After the keratin treatment is applied and worked in from the roots to end, it sits in the hair for a period of time. After this step, heat is applied to better “seal” the treatment into the hair. Generally heat is applied using a hand held blow dryer, a thermal brush, and a flat iron.

During the first few days after receiving your Keratin treatment, wearing pony-tails, pulling the hair, or getting your hair wet is something that can’t be done. If the Brazilian blowout causes your natural hair to loose it’s original curl pattern(which will likely happen), your curls may return after several months or sooner.

Before considering the Dominican or Brazilian(Keratin) blowout, consult with a professional hair stylist and do your research. If you have concerns about chemicals and products that are used, be sure to ask your stylist to allow you to read labels before receiving these type of hair treatments.

View more NH articles at www.lamournaturelle.com

  • 16th July
    2012
  • 16

6 STEPS TO FOLLOW WHEN FLAT IRONING YOUR NATURAL HAIR!

(Repost)

If you plan on using, or are currently using heat in your hair, here are a few important steps you should keep in mind before doing so:

1.)Make sure your hair is conditioned, and in a healthy state. Conditioning your hair before and after applying heat is one of the most important steps to follow. After shampooing, it’s best that you deep condition your hair as well. If your hair is brittle, damaged, or dry, you need to avoid using heat all together. Flat ironing damaged natural hair, will only add more stress and damage to your hair.

2.) Always use a natural heat protecting product! Grapeseed oil has great heat protecting and healing properties. Applying a little before using heat will give your hair needed protection. Keep in mind that though heat protecting products are helpful, it won’t prevent your hair from becoming permanently damaged.

4.) Always begin flat ironing your hair on a low heat setting, just enough to straighten the hair. It’s never a wise idea to flat iron or curl your hair on the highest that it can possibly go. 200 degrees is a good setting to start off with, and then you can gradually increase the temp. if needed.

5.) Try to avoid flat ironing or curling during hot summer months. The humidity levels can tend to be much greater in the summer than they are in the winter, and with high summer temperatures, we sweat more! There’s nothing more irritating than flat ironing your hair then stepping outside for 5 min.’s, and your hair begins to  swell and frizz. By flat ironing your hair in the winter, you won’t have to touch up your hair, or re-flatten as often.

6.)  Dring your next wash, following your heat-style, you should give your hair a deep conditioning or protein treatment. As you know, heat can destroy the natural keratin bonds that our hair produces. Deep conditioning and giving your hair a protein treatment can help with restoring and repairing afterwards.

~Always use your heat styling tools with caution, and try to only use them if necessary!

  • 16th July
    2012
  • 16

Summer Work out Challange!!!

Jumping rope is one of the most efficient ways to build up your cardiovascular muscles. If you want to increase coordination and reflexes, tone your core as well as upper and lower body, and  increase your endurance, jump roping is exercise to do!

A jump rope exercise is one of the fastest ways you can burn off calories. 10 min’s of jump rope is equivalent  to 30 min’s of jogging.

Here’s a 10 min. boot camp jump rope training vid found on YT.

We are challenging ourselves to a 5 day workout over the course of the next few months, and encouraging you to do the same!! We’re excited, and can’t wait to see our results!!

Here’s our workout challenge (Via C.G.)

(Will be substituting the jumping jacks for jump roping)   

                              

  • 16th July
    2012
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  • 21st August
    2011
  • 21

HAVE YOU DETOXED LATELY?

Have you detoxed lately?

Healthy hair is something that we all want and strive to achieve, but when it comes to our health, we should be just as or even more concerned when it comes to maintaining it as its best.

To detox, means to cleanse your blood by removing any impurities or toxins in our blood streams through the lungs, kidneys, skin, intestines, or lymph. When you detox your body, It means to cleanse, nourish, and rest your body entirely. If you’ve been feeling sluggish and tired lately, catching colds, losing weight, have skin problems, menstrual difficulties, digestive problems, or dealing with aches and pain, you may need to detoxify your system. Detoxing will benefit our bodies by protecting them against harmful diseases and helping us to maintain optimal health.

“Our society foolishly prizes itself upon eating a high protein, meat-based diet; excessive consumption of dairy products; refined grains (rich in gluten that literally converts into glue in your colon); starchy foods (that stiffen the body); refined sugars (that literally corrodes your brain); salt (which is really crude oil [petroleum] extract); genetically-engineered and grafted, pesticide laced produce (fruits and vegetables). Food-stuffs saturated with harmful chemicals (flavor enhancers, preservatives, coloring agents, etc.) such as MSG (which causes severe headaches); aspartame and saccharin (cancer causing agents); blue, green, yellow and red lake # dyes (derived from petroleum); propylene glycol (used in car antifreeze solutions and for other industrial purposes); aluminum (which causes Alzheimer’s disease). Consuming harmful beverages such as soda pop (which Y has a pH of 2 making it very acidic and which kills the kidneys and also has a high phosphoric acid content that eats up your bones which results in osteoporosis); coffee (also very acid-forming, causes cancer of the esophagus, kills the central nervous system, and shoots out the adrenal glands); milk and milk-based beverages (which are very acidic and therefore mucus forming, causes leukemia, puts extra, synthetic female hormones into the body causing a host of reproductive area cancers, especially in women); alcohol beverages which are also very acidic and processed with harmful chemicals such as ether (sleeping gas) and methanol (which converts inside the body to formaldehyde [embalming fluid], a neurotoxin).Please don’t forget about the people who smoke cigarettes (which contain over 700 ingredients including civet cat absolute, nicotine, sugar, salt, opium, caffeine, etc.). Now add all of the above to the following list of horrors - pumping gas at the gas station and inhaling cancer causing fumes from such chemicals as MTBE, lead, etc.; inhaling the exhaust (carbon and nitric oxides) from cars, trucks, and buses; breathing in air full of pollutants; using household cleaning supplies that are made with harmful ingredients that weaken the immune/defense system. Dousing ourselves with personal hygiene products that are made with cancer causing chemical ingredients such as propylene glycol, sodium laurel sulfate, lead, aluminum; color lake dyes; mineral oil, petroleum jelly and lanolin (all of which suffocate the skin); DEA; fluoride (chief ingredient in rat poison) that is in almost all toothpastes read the warning on the back of the tube!; expensive perfumes and colognes (that do not list the ingredients on the box or bottle) that seep into the skin and pollute the blood and lymph fluids; underarm antiperspirants (made with acetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, and aluminum) that toxify the lymph system and causes breast cancer in women due to wearing bras that hamper circulation in the breast area. Please do not forget modern technology and the inundation of radiation that it provides us in exchange for convenience via such items as microwave ovens, television sets, radios, cell phones, alarm clocks, etc. Last but not least products that make up the largest and most profitable industry pharmaceutical drugs, that kills over 300,000 people a year. Aspirin use burns a hole in your stomach and causes ulcers and internal bleeding; Prozac and Valium causes suicidal tendencies; birth control pills causes female cancers and hormonal imbalances; Dilantin causes strokes. And how could we ever forget vaccinations? That’s right, those serums that we trust to prevent diseases which are the true cause of the diseases they are supposed to prevent and are made from such substances as pig blood, cow tumors and pus, dog kidneys, aborted fetal tissue, mercury, etc.” (http://www.dherbs.com/store/full-body-detox-p-1.html)

It is suggested to detox at least once a year being that we are exposed to so many toxins in today’s enviornment. Because detoxing can have an effect on those with cancer, tuberculosis, chronic degenerative disease, children, and nursing mothers, you should contact your health provider before detoxing and for any questions that you may have regarding detoxing.

There are several ways which you can go about to naturally detoxify your body. This is one effective 8 step method that you can begin with:

1.) Begin by eliminating toxins such as coffee, refined sugars, saturated fats, soda, and alcohol. You should also reduce the usage of chemical-based products such as un-natural deodorant’s, mouthwashes, toothpastes, soaps, facial cleansers, lotions, body sprays, shampoo’s, and conditioners. Toxins and harmful chemicals can easily seep into the body as a result from using such products, and should be substituted from natural alternatives.

2.) De-stress your life as much as possible. Stress triggers the body to release stress hormones into your body. Good ways to relieve stress are to do deep breathing exercises to allow oxygen to flow throughout your body.(this is highly recommended for detoxing), and meditating/pray.

3.) Eat an adequate amount of fiber. Fibers such as Kale, mustard greens, cabbage, broccoli, radishes, artichokes, brown rice, organic fruits and vegetables, are excellent for detoxifying the body.

4.) Drink about 2 quarts of water daily. Drinking water helps to cleanse the body by allowing elimination of toxins to exit the body through sweating, the lymph system and urinating. For your detox cleansing, you should drink water for an entire day, at least one day out of the week.

5.) Drink herbal teas or take herbal supplements. Taking herbs such as dandelion root, burdock, milk thistle, Psyllium, Aloe Vera juice, Fennel seeds, and drinking green tea will help to cleanse and protect our liver.

6.) Incorporate Vitamin C into your diet. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that transforms toxins into digestible material. Fruits and vegetables such as berries, papaya, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower contain vitamin C. Citrus fruits offer the most powerful aid to detoxification. Citrus stimulates digestive enzymes and helps to eliminate the body of nasty toxins.

7.) Practice hydrotherapy (the use of water in the treatment or prevention of diseases). You can practice hydrotherapy by taking a hot shower for 5 min.’s, allowing the hot water to run down your back and following with a cold shower for 30 min.’s . You can do this 3 times and get in the bed for 30 min.’s. You can also practice hydrotherapy by doing body wraps, sitting in a sauna, or taking a hot bath. Your body will eliminate wastes through you perspiring.

8.) The most important part of detoxing your body is through exercising. Doing exercises such as jump roping, martial arts, or yoga, for at least an hour every day will give you many health benefits along with your cleansing and detoxing.

Other ways to detox your system naturally are Using detox patches, going to a detox foot bath(which removes toxins through the pores of your skin), or dry brushing your skin using special brushes(you can find these at natural product stores).

We recommend also trying Dherbs detox full body detox kit(which can be found online at www.dherbs.com). Their Detoxing kit comes complete with herbs, instructions on how and when to take the herbs, and a recommended diet (all raw foods fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, etc.). It is guaranteed that you will feel and see results after 20 days of using the product.

Sources:

www.detoxherbs.com

www.holisticherb.com

www.life.gaiam.com

www.ehow.com

www.livestrong.com

  • 21st August
    2011
  • 21

STYLING YOUR HAIR DURING “THE AWKWARD LENGTH STAGE “

I’m sure many of you can relate to what I mean when I say “The awkward length stage”. It’s when you get to the point in your natural hair journey when your hair isn’t short enough to rock a cute TWA and isn’t long enough for full buns, pony tails, etc. I love my natural hair, and love creating different with ways to style my hair, but am still patiently waiting for growth (as many of you may be), to try a variety of other natural hair styles. Here’s my style of the week that can be worn from dressy to casual.

What I love about this look is that it’s easy to create and requires little to no manipulation after styling. Basically what I did was push all of my curls to the front of my head, and clipped them in the back and on the sides. EASY! I sleep with a satin scarf or bonnet at night, and moisturize in the morning.

Here are a few ways that you can wear your front pin up curly style:

Beanie style

Dressy : side flower

Turban Look

Fedora Style

Lov’n my curly Style of the week! :)

  • 21st August
    2011
  • 21

Hands in Hair Syndrome?

Are you continuously touching your hair throughout the day, or notice that others are reaching to touch your natural hair? Well, this may not be the best thing to do (actually it should be completely avoided). As we stated before, natural hair is very fragile. Constant twisting, twirling, and pulling will lead to split ends, which means that you’ll eventually have to cut. Too much hair touching can cause hair to frizz as well. In order to retain your hair growth, try to refrain from doing this to avoid breakage and split ends.

Frizz + Split ends = Unhealthy/Unhappy hair!

Keep your hair healthy and happy! :-)

  • 21st August
    2011
  • 21

(RE-POST)

HOW TO DO SENEGALESE TWISTS WITH SYNTHETIC HAIR

THIS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO WILL SHOW YOU AN EASY WAY ON HOW TO DO SENEGALESE TWISTS!

**Tip for both twisting methods: For achieving the tight twist at the root, instead of twisting the hair twice around, the synthetic strands, you can twist roll them with your fingers (by pinching and twisting) in opposite directions about an inch down from the scalp. After twisting an inch down, follow the steps shown in the video by twisting the twisted strands over and around one another until you reached the end of inch of twisted hair. After doing this, continue twisting the left and right sides once, and twisting the twists together. I find that both of them work for me, but do whichever one that’s easiest for you.**

TWISTING WITHOUT SYNTHETIC HAIR:

IF YOU PREFER NOT TO USE SYNTHETIC HAIR, YOU SHOULD TWIST YOUR HAIR THE SAME WAY, BUT ELIMINATE THE STEPS OF APPLYING THE SYNTHETIC HAIR, TWISTING IT AT THE ROOT, AND DIPPING THE HAIR IN HOT WATER.

STEPS:

-TWIST THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS ONCE.

-TWIST THE TWO TWISTED SIDES OVER AND AROUND ONE ANOTHER, AND PULL LIGHTLY. CONTINUE UNTIL YOU’VE REACHED THE END OF THE TWIST.

-YOU CAN SEAL YOUR ENDS WITH A LIGHT OIL, AND CURL THEM WITH SMALL ROLLERS.(Optional)

  • 8th August
    2011
  • 08

Wheatgrass Benefits For Hair and More!

                                  

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass: Wheatgrass has many health benefits such as detoxifying the body, clearing the skin and giving it glow. It also helps with preventing cancer, build blood cells, helps you to lose weight(When used in a dehydrated form), eliminates body oder and bad breath, helps to eliminate disease causing bacteria, stabilize blood pressure levels, and gives you a natural boost of energy.

Benefits of wheatgrass for the hair: Wheatgress is high in protein, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals that will restore hair color, reduce dandruff, and repair damaged hair. You can apply wheatgrass juice topically to your scalp or drink it.

**If you don’t juice your own wheat grass or purchase in a juice form, you can also find it in your health food stores sold as a powder or frozen cubes. I love using the frozen cubes becuase u can just break them apart and drop them into your blended mixes, or defrost them and drink them as they are.** 

Delicious Mango and Strawberry Wheatgrass Power Smoothie

                                  

1/2 Cup Mango Peeled or Frozen

1/2 Cup of Strawberry’s Fresh or Frozen

2 1/2 Tablespoons of Agave Blue Nectar Natural Sweetener

1 1/2 Tablespoon of Honey

1/2 Cup of Water or enough to give it a smooth consistency

1/2 Cup of Wheatgrass Juice, Powder, or 3 Juice Cubes

Blend until smooth, and enjoy!

  • 7th August
    2011
  • 07

NATURAL AND EFFECTIVE WAYS TO COLOR YOUR HAIR!

There are many ways to color, lighten, or enhance the color of your beautiful hair. For lightening or highlighting you can use lemon, honey, and Cassia Obovata. For darkening you may use one of the tea rinsing methods, indigo, or henna. For color enhancements, there are several effective type of herbs that you can use for tea rinsing. What’s also great about each of these products is that not only do they have great coloring and dying properties, but they’re also great for strengthening, reducing breakage, thickening, giving shine, and restoring and repairing damaged hair.

Darkening your hair ( For Black and Brown coloring)

Indigo

Indigo, also known as indigofera tinctoria, is a flower, that creates a green color powder. Indigo can be used by itself or mixed with henna to create brown or dark black colors. Indigo is an effective natural coloring treatment, and is easy to mix and apply.

When used alone, Indigo creates a black color for the hair. If you plan on using it this way, know that it will dye your hair, but may not take as well to your hair as henna in combination with indigo would.

Mixing indigo for black hair coloring:

  • Mixing your indigo with henna: (Before getting started, wear gloves, and use mixing instruments that aren’t metal.) Follow the instructions on applying Henna to your hair( which we will get to later on), and rinse your henna out. Next, mix the indigo powder until it creates a thick consistency, and let it sit for 15-20 min. Apply mixture to your hair, dividing your hair into sections, and starting from the back while working your way to the front. Next, cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow mixture to sit for 2-2 ½ hours. Wash the indigo mix out and wait about 2days before noticing a color change. Look out for any missed spots, and make sure that the color is to your liking. If it isn’t, you can do the Indigo process over again until it is. Store your remaining indigo powder in a cool place.

     TIP: **For best results with Indigo, Make sure your hair is cleansed well (try using a clarifying shampoo) before doing your henna treatment, and when doing a final wash/rinse with your indigo and henna color, don’t use a shampoo or conditioner that is too moisturizing. Hopefully with doing this, your color will take on the first go.**

Mixing indigo for a brown hair color:

  • Once you mix your henna properly, mix your indigo with warm water, allow it to sit for 15-20 min, and mix the two together. The combined pasted should have a thick consistency. (You can mix more Indigo in for darker brown colors.). Apply the mixture to your hair in sections starting from front to back. Place a plastic cap over your hair and this time let it sit on your hair 3-6 hours for best results.You can sleep with mixture in your overnight, but be careful, because it can stain and be a little messy. To prevent this from happening, we suggest tying an old large scarf or t-shirt over the bag to prevent leaking, and laying your head over a towel. Finally, rinse and condition or shampoo and condition to remove residue. Again, you should see your coloring results after two days.

For Blonde enhancements, highlights or for creating a blonde look with gray hair

Cassia Obvata

        

Cassia Obovata , sometimes referred to as Neutral Henna, is a plant with a golden-yellow dye molecule. It also has a golden dye molecule that will only stain well on dull blonde or gray hair.Using it on dark hair will give you a lighter tone and a light highlight.

Mixing a Cassia Obovata conditioner:

  • Cassia Obovata can be used as a conditioner alone. (C.O. is known to have the same strengthening, thickening, and repairing properties as Henna does.) The way you create your Cassia Obovata conditioner, is that you take your Cassia powder and mix it with water water to create a paste. Apply the paste into divided sections of your hair and allow it to sit for 10-15 min. Shampoo, condition, and rinse. Your hair will be shiny, lusturous, and feel healthy.

Mixing your Cassia Obvovata for Blond coloring:

Mix the Cassia with orange juice to make a thick a paste. Allow the paste to sit for about 12 hours. Section your hair, and apply the entire mixture throughout the hair. Place a plastic cap over your hair and allow the mixture to sit on your hair for 3 hours. Rinse the Cassia mixture out, and shampoo and condition as you would normally. You should see your results right away.

 Lemon or Honey for blond highlights, or a lighter look for darker hair:

  • Natural blond or light highlights can also be created with lemon juice or honey. Your honey lightener can be made by taking 1/2 cup raw uncooked honey, 1 ½ cup of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, and mixing the ingredients together. So that you don’t loose any of the mixture when applying it to your hair, you can use a spray bottle, the roots only color applicator (this can be found on the hair aisles at Walmart stores), or a bottle with a small opening for pouring. Apply the mixture onto your hair throughout, and place a plastic cap or plastic wrap over it. Allow the mixture to penetrate for 4-6 hours to overnight. For best results, try doing this several times throughout the month and you should notice a difference in the color of your hair.
  • For more on creating highlights, or lightening the hair with lemon juice, click here( http://lamournaturelle.tumblr.com/post/8086544087/lemon-juice-for-hair )

Red coloring or red toning

Henna

Henna is a green powder, and its leaves produce a red-orange dye molecule called Lawsone. Many Henna users love using the product, not only for coloring, but because It has many other wonderful healing, strengthening, revitalizing, hair growth, and curl enhancement properties. Although Henna will stain your hair Red-Orange, it’s stain is translucent, and will combine with your natural hair color. Many dark color haired users, you will notice the red tone only when exposed to lighting. Some users of Henna may also experience curl loosening. To avoid this you may mix your Henna with Amla powder. More can be read on Amla powders at this link.( http://lamournaturelle.tumblr.com/post/8042704824/amla-powder ) You should also know that there is no such thing as black henna. Any Henna labeled black is harmful, highly dangerous, and should be avoided at all costs.

Mixing your Henna for Red toning

  • First begin by washing and conditioning your hair. Next, with gloves on and in a bowl, you will mix a high quality of henna powder (Jamila Henna is recommended) with the juice of 1 squeezed lemon, Amla powder( optional), and water to create a thick paste. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit for about an hour at room temp. For a more vibrant color, allow your mixture to sit for several hours or overnight at room temp. After, divide your hair into sections, and apply the Henna from Root to ends throughout your hair. Try not to get the Henna on your skin around your face and neck, so that it won’t stain. Next, cover your hair with a plastic cap, and allow Henna to sit for 4-6 hours or overnight. Now rinse the Henna, shampoo, and condition.

**If you want to use Henna as a growth, hair loss, or as a strengthening treatment, use it at lease 2-3times a month for best results. If you don’t want a red tone, mix it with Indigo for black or brown, and coffee for brown.**

Herbal Teas

                                       

If you are interested in other alternatives to coloring, or color enhancement, check out our Herbal teas article here:( http://lamournaturelle.tumblr.com/post/6044828108/the-benefits-of-herbal-teas-for-hair ). Herbal Teas are another effective natural way to coloring.

Disclaimer: There are many ways to mix your henna and other plant powders to create natural coloring for your hair. Be sure to follow instructions carefully and not mix improperly with other products.

Sources:

www.hennaforhair.com

www.wikihow.com

www.ehow.com

www.hennhairdye.net

www.mehandi.com

www.hennacaravan.com

  • 6th August
    2011
  • 06

GOING NATURAL REQUIRES CONFIDENCE!

Going natural was a goal of mine for over two years, but I did not know where or how to even begin the process. After suffering from breakage and getting tired of relaxers I was ready to take that big step and chop. However, after taking that step, I did not fully commit to it.

On November 2010, I cut my hair shoulder length but still straightened my hair.

January 2011, I cut a little more off, but guess what…I still used that flat iron!

In March 2011, I FINALLY had enough of the heat and I was ready to embrace my TWA and curls. However, my curls were completely destroyed due to all of the heat that I used.

You may be wondering why I continued to straighten my hair. Well, as you can see my hair was very long before my first big chop. As I previously mentioned, I wanted to go natural for a few years, and even though I thought I was ready to chop off my hair, I wasn’t (or didn’t know how to embrace it). So although I was natural, I felt that if I wore my hair in its curly natural state, I would look like I had a jheri curl. I also though that I wouldn’t be as pretty with a short curly TWA, and thought that my family would not like it, and think that I’ve gone crazy for cutting my hair just to be natural, etc. Basically I did not have the self-confidence to rock my natural TWA. One day, after washing my hair, I noticed that my curls looked the exact same as when my hair was relaxed. My hair was natural, but I had SEVERE heat damage. My ends were straight and my curls were damaged. I cut my hair for a reason, which was to be natural! Why was I hiding by flat ironing and ruining my beautiful curls that I wanted for SO long? So I asked myself, “What to do next?” I could either let my hair grow and cut the damaged ends later or cut it off and start over. I decided to just start over and Big Chop AGAIN! This time, I owned that TWA and had enough self-confidence to share. This has been a goal of mine for a couple of years, and I was not going to hide behind flat ironing my hair for any reason whatsoever. Now I am happier than ever and I’m happy to say that I’ve been “flat-iron free” since February.

I hear so many women who have done the big chop, but are scared to rock their TWA. Many women did exactly as I did, which was continually flat iron their hair trying to blend the two textures. Before they know it, they’ve wasted time and money and have to eventually start the process all over. If you are going natural and using heat, please stop now. This will not only ruin your natural curl pattern, but can be VERY damaging to your hair.

Many may choose other routes such as hiding under wigs, weaves, etc. Wigs are okay to use every now and then, but extensive use of wigs (wearing everyday) can also damage your hair( especially at the hairline). If wigs are worn everyday and are too tight, baldness (at the hairline) may result. Many who decide to do sew-ins may leave their bands out and flat iron to blend it. This is a NO NO as well.

I recommend to those who are transitioning or beginning their natural journey to have confidence no matter how short or different your hair texture is. Going natural is a beautiful journey. Embrace it from beginning to end and do not worry what others may say or think of you. It’s an amzing experience to see your hair growth and notice your TRUE hair texture! Love it, own it!, and show everyone that is natural is beautiful!

  • 3rd August
    2011
  • 03

RECOGNIZING INGREDIENTS IN YOUR HAIR CARE PRODUCTS PART 1

                            

When it comes to selecting your hair care products, it’s important to recognize and understand certain listed ingredients. Here are a few lists of ingredients and their scientific names that will help you identify hidden culprits when purchasing products.

Protein:

When used properly, protein can be used as hair strengthener and replenisher. For others, especially to those who are protein sensitive, it can cause their hair to become dry and brittle. Listed below are types of Protein that can be found in many products.

Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein, Hydrolyzed Casein, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Silk Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein, Soy Protein, Silk Amino Acids, Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Keratin, Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen, Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin, and Hydrolyzed oat flour.

Lye:

Lye also known as Sodium hydroxide and Potassium hydroxide, is an alkaline chemical that reacts highly with other materials or chemicals. Lye is very dangerous and can cause serious damage to the skin surface and hair follicles. Lye is found in relaxers and can be found as a hidden culprit in some hair care products.

Mineral Oil:

Mineral oil is difficult to absorb, and can clog the pores which will cause build up on the skin and hair. Using mineral oil, can also slow your skins ability from getting rid of necessary toxins.

Paraffin, Miwhite oil, Frigol, petroleum jelly, Petrolatum, Kremol, Kaydol, Paroleine, Saxol, Hevyteck, Nujol, Albline, Lignite Bayol 55, Kondremul, Neo-cultol, Adepsine, Drakeol, Carnea 21, Filtrawhite, Ervol, Gloria, Glymol, Hydrocarbon oils, Primol, Clearteck, Triona B, Peneteck, PenrecoPerfecta, Petrogalar, Primol 355, Bayol F, Molol, Protopet, Blandlube, Crystosol, Crystol 325, Parol, Primol D, Fonoline, Tech Pet F, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Lauryl Ethoxysulfate  Sodium (SLES), Diethylene Glycol Lauryl Ether Sulfate, Sodium Dodecyl Polyoxyethylene Sulfate, Sodium Polyoxyethylene Lauryl Sulfate, and Alkyl Ether Sulfate.

Silicone’s:

Silicones can be beneficial or not so great for the hair, depending on the solubility of them. Silicone’s that won’t build-up the hair will usually have PPG or PEG in front of it. Silicone’s that are not water soluble will lie on top of the hair, creating build-up on the hair, draw out moisture, and create dryness. With build-up, the silicone’s will block other products from penetrating the scalp. If this is used, a surfactant or detergent based shampoo must be used for removal of build-up. Water Soluble silicone’s are considered safer Silicone’s to use and help to prevent build up. These types of silicone’s allow moisturizing agents to penetrate the scalp easily, creating better hair manageability, and creating luster and shine.

- Non water soluble silicone’s:

These type of cones will cause build-up

Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Cetearyl, and Methicone, Stearyl Dimethicon.

- Amine-functionalized silicone’s:

These silicone’s are not soluble in water, but help prevent buildup. Although they help to repel buildup, they will still block out some moisture, and will also require a surfactant to remove the product.

Cyclomethicone, Modimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, and Trimethylsilylamodimethicone.

-Water Soluble Silicone’s:

These are the type of silicone’s that do not cause buildup. Surfactants aren’t necessary because the cones slide off easily when rinsed.

Dimethicone copolyol, Amodimethicone, Trideceth-12, Cetrimonium Chloride-, Lauryl Methicone Copolyol